It all begins with the arrival at the first floor door of Pariwana. Just buzz the button and walk up the spiraling granite staircase to Pariwana reception.
Peru is a great country to backpack in as it is rough, cutting edge and still very unexplored. Add to this the wild life, wonderful people and untouched nature and you have a summary of all the great things that make Peru so unbelievably great to travel.
By Campbell Plowden (firstname.lastname@example.org); special report for the Pariwana Hostel Blog
If you want to visit the Amazon rainforest in Peru, you will probably fly into the gateway city of Iquitos. If you are really savvy, you can get around the city by bus, but it’s cheap to take a “mototaxi” (three-person cab mounted on a motorcycle) almost anywhere.
By Campbell Plowden (email@example.com); special report for the Pariwana Hostel Blog
Adventures in the Peruvian Amazon often if begin in the gateway city of Iquitos. There are daily flights to Iquitos from Lima on LAN, Peruvian Airlines and Star Airlines. Copa Airlines now offers three flights per week between Iquitos and Panama.
By Campbell Plowden (firstname.lastname@example.org); special report for the Pariwana Hostel Blog
In the first part of this series (Travel tips for large lanchas), I offered tips for backpackers traveling between Iquitos and other major points in the northern Peruvian Amazon like the Brazilian frontier, Pucallpa, and Yurimaguas in the large lanchas (ferries) that are slow and relatively inexpensive.
The price of food in Lima is much greater than elsewhere in the country because the city’s cost of living is much higher. Although the quaint markets of the Sierra villages offer the atmospheric prestige, Lima offers the same stuff. You can find most everything in the capital.
Peru is becoming increasingly popular as it has many great spots to visit. You see more and more hostel, camping grounds and other accommodations for travellers popping out of the ground in no-time. As a backpacker it is likely you will be staying in a range of different places to spend a night, usually with a lot of fellow travellers.
If you’re coming to the tourist backpacker hub of Peru, Cusco, from Pariwana Lima, then you can expect many of the same great features at Pariwana Cusco. Pariwana Cusco was named best hostel in Peru by HostelBookers, and second best on the continent.
Welcome to the cultural hub of Peru. Once checked in to Pariwana Cusco, you’ll want to make the best of your time in order to see all the sights that Cusco has to offer. There are plenty of free sites, including the ChocoMuseum, the numerous interesting Incan walls of precision-cut stones, the university, several churches and all the lovely plazas, but for everything else you’ll need to get your hands on the Boleto Turistico.
If you’re coming from Pariwana Lima, you might think nothing can beat that location, which is close to all the great bars and clubs of Miraflores. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you throw your backpack to your bed and hit the night scene in Cuzco. You were excited to find Pariwana Cuzco so centrally located. It’s close to, well, everything. The nightlife is easy to find, it’s happening, and it’s dense. Here are a few options for you to consider when planning your nights out in Cuzco. Let the party begin.
Mama Africa Disco is a hoppin’ joint. It has, as the title suggests, some powerful music to get down to. It’s a hot spot for backpackers and travellers, so expect to see a lot of foreign faces. If it’s not your thing to be surrounded by travellers, don’t fret; your options continue!
At Los Perros, get your fill of a superb Pisco Sour. That’s right; the national drink of Peru is made with a flare in this Cuzco bar. If it’s smoke you prefer, why not check out Indigo for a bit of hookah.
There are a number of English and Irish pubs for those homesick travellers out there. You can expect the party to be key at The Cross Keys Pub, for example. If the bar named Paddy O’Flaherty’s attracts you, then you must like a good can ‘o Guinness. As for you Americans out there, there are a few sports bars that will remind you of home, and The Norton Rat’s is not unlike Midwestern bikers bars.
For more local flare, check out the Hibrido Lounge Bar Cusco. Make sure you find your way there during happy hour to make the best of the double “chelas”. Once the night grows late, it’ll be time to hit the club scene.
For a small club with good selection of popular rock music, the Eko Club is a good choice. Its atmospheric vibe sends you into your dance trance if you let it! Your options are seemingly unlimited when it comes to Cusco nightlife. You’ll need months to see it all. Make sure to wind down the small corridor streets in order to find the hidden delights.
Clubs rage into the early morning, and the streets are usually friendly with party-goers foreign and local alike. If you feel like staying in for a drink, Pariwana Cusco’s bar is happening and there’s always something going on!
Last week I was in Montreal, in a job I didn’t like too much and didn’t pay enough. I was thinking about my friend Sacha who was currently in Ecuador and Peru trekking and surfing… Ohh I envied him. Snow started falling in Montreal and I got 2 more parking tickets to add up on my 10+ pile of white and red papers. I got an email from work for a meeting on Monday morning and surprisingly (and happily) got laid off.. I guess I was complaining too much about the work conditions because according to my sales, I was the 2nd most performing seller. Whatever, I took the news sadly but an hour later I was looking at flights for a possible surf trip and putting ads on craigslist to rent out my place for a month or so…
After checking on MagicSeaWeed.com, Hawaii, Dominican Republic and Peru were my 3 finalists for good surfing in December and I ended up taking Peru, even if the flight was a few hundred dollars more expensive. I thought the cheap cost of living would make it up. On Wednesday I found a guy to rent my place, I moved all my stuff to storage on Thursday and bought the flight for the next Monday to Lima, Peru.
While waiting at the airport, I realised I would arrive around 11h30pm at night and didn’t have any hostel booked. I looked on google and hostelworld for the top rated hostels in Lima and I tried to reach a few by skype. I guess I couldn’t find the right way to dial the number because it keeps telling me wrong number or occupied. In a last attempt, I emailed 3 of my top hostel picks 5 minutes before entering the plane and I asked them if they could pick me up at the airport the same night. Because I wouldn’t be able to see if they answered me I figured at least one of the three would show up to pick me up.
The flight passed quickly (even if it was delayed) but on arrival I checked my surf and it had been damaged by the airline. After an hour of filling report for the insurance I finally walked out of the airport and looked around with only a bit of hope left as I heard someone yelling my name “ SEBASTIEN!” with his big PARIWANA sign. Ahhh I couldn’t have been happier! The chauffeur told me he had been waiting two hours for me. He took me to the hostel (gotta love 24h check-in!) and I made my way to the roof top bar to meet some fellow travellers. The bar was already closed (2am) but a guy gave me half his beer while some rasta man was playing a nice reggae song in front of 3 cute girls.
This is all I needed to feel welcomed in Peru and filled with positive vibes. I went to bed that night (nice comfy bed!) and felt exactly at the right place.
Pariwana hostels are already gaining popularity faster than seemingly possible. Their expert marketing crew and superb staff bring Pariwana’s reputation to ears far and wide. People arrive to Pariwana Lima with high expectations after having been at Pariwana Cusco, and surely the Lima site delivers.
Cusco, known as the center of the ancient Inca civilisation, filled with culture and a standard travel hub for everybody going to Machu Picchu. Also, Cusco has become known as the southern mountain party town with an unlimited range in bars and clubs spread out all over this small town. This is THE place to experience partying and clubbing, whilst enjoying Peru’s amazing Inca culture in one breath!
As Cusco has become increasingly important for the backpack industry, a lot of hostels have joined the party scene, organizing pub crawls, theme nights and live performances around town. This blends in greatly with discovering the nightlife till dawn and on. Our own Pariwana hostel Cusco has a great reputation in Cusco for its great parties, relaxed bar and live music performances.
Check out the list we made for you with Cusco’s major hot-spots.
5 great bars in Cusco
1. The Frogs – Pasaje Huarancallqu 185 (on the end of calle Ruinas)
This is a lounge – bar with also a restaurant attached to it. This bar has an amazing variety in great activities, like a cinema, billiard area and a foosball table, to mention a few.
2. Paddy Flahertys – Plaza de Armas
This festively decorated Irish pub is considered as the highest Irish Pub worldwide (10.739 ft), with a great location on the main square, the Plaza de Armas. With proper Guinness draft on tab, an international crowd and the familiar British sports on the screen, it is easy to get lost in this bar for quite some afternoons and evenings.
3. 7 Angelitos – Calle 7 Angelitos 638, in the area of San Blas
This intimate local hipster lounge is popular during evenings and the late nights. It is known for their motto: “Coffee, Music and Cocktails”. Most nights they offer live music from Peru’s creole (coastal) music, local rock bands and DJ’s.
4. Ukukus – Calle Plateros 316
In this artistic bar you can find an optimal combination of music and culture. You will find any music type here, from typical Andean music, to jazz, salsa, fusion and more local, national and international flavours. Also check out their(Spanish) website to get an impression about this “local” place.
5. Mushrooms Lounge & Bar – Plaza de Armas
This bar is known for playing the best electronic music in town. Located in the center, this bar is usually a must stop for most backpackers to go wild on great DJ mixes. Also national and international DJ’s play here frequently, adding to its international vibe and constantly renewing music taste.
There are plenty of other bars that are definitely not less attractive than the above mentioned bars. Here are some other bars you will easily find around on your wander through gorgeous Cusco: El Garabatos, Fallen Angel, Trotamundos, Norton’s, Aldea Yanapay, Los Perros, Inka Team and many more!
4 great clubs in Cusco
1. Mythology – Plaza de Armas
This popular and busy club is, as many, located on the main square and offers a wide range of entertainment. During the day it plays movies on the big screen, transforming into a proper dance club at night. Accommodating for both the locals and plenty of backpackers around, you will find reggae, rock, electronic, salsa and more here. No entry fee and free salsa lessons are the main reasons why it draws such a big crowd.
2. Mama Africa – Plaza de Armas
As one of the most famous party spots in town, Mama Africa has a solid reputation as must-stop-club in Cusco. You can find a wide variety in music and entertainment on any given day throughout the week, with packed weekends till the early hours. Travellers from all around the world get together here for a good time and are joined by many locals in search for a hot international hook-up. Also check out their website
3. Kamikaze – Plaza Regocijo 274 (2nd and 3rd floor)
Open since1985, Kamikaze is the daddy of all clubs in Cusco. Conveniently located just a block away from the Plaza de Armas, you’ll find this party place on a corner of Plaza Regocijo, on the second and third floor. It has more of a bar-lounge vibe at the start of the night and eventually progresses into a full on party at the end of the night.
4. Uptown – Calle Suecia 302
This is another popular nightclub, staying open the entire night. Like most other clubs you can see plenty of videos during the day time, hiding from the sun and recovering from the hangover of the last night. And at the same time getting some salsa lessons in for free.
If you are looking for a place to stay close to party central (basically; Plaza de Armas), then check out our Cusco hostel on only two small blocks away from all this great nightlife!
If you want an exciting and vibrant nightlife and party on until the morning glory, then Lima represents a great club scene for you to check out. After a relaxing day on the beaches and Lima’s active lifestyle, the evening and night can be spend in a big variety of modern party areas, with the areas of Miraflores and Barranco topping the club list!
Miraflores is mostly known, besides being the prime tourist spot, as a great place to eat, relax, get active and to enjoy the sunset from the impressive cliffs along the surfing coast. But also, it is widely known for its trendy clubs with plenty of bars, casino’s and karaoke café’s all around.
Barranco, on the other hand, has a bit more of a nostalgic feeling with historical sights and wooden bridges. Barranco is only 10 minutes away from Miraflores and it has a great variety of retro bars and clubs all pretty much heaped together within a couple of blocks.
Although there are obviously plenty of other clubs outside these two areas, the best party taste with a smooth mix of locals and backpackers can be found right here!
Here you´ll find our top five clubs in Miraflores and Barranco, in random order:
Aura and Gotica Nightclub (both are located in Larcomar shopping centre, Miraflores)
If you are looking for trendy than look no further, as the nightclubs Aura and Gotica are located on a prime location along the cliffs facing the Pacific. In this great nightclub you hear mainly contemporary Latin house, dance, reggae and other mixes from live DJ’s. These two clubs are also amongst the priciest in Miraflores, but with a big dance floor, outside patio and mixing with the fancy locals, these great party places can pull this off easily in its weekend opening hours. See the websites of Aura and Gotica for more information on events and performances.
Help Retro Bar (Calle Catalino Miranda 158, Barranco)
Don’t let this name fool you…this great club is located in a huge hall. From night to night you can find electronical, rock and hip-hop music here. In weekends Help is quite busy with live DJ’s playing, with also a small cover fee ($7, including drink) and girls mostly entering free. Drinks are not too pricey here and Help can be fun as well during the week.
Check out their website for upcoming events (in Spanish).
El Dragón (Avenida Nicolás de Piérola 168. Barranco)
In this club you can find probably the biggest variety in music styles every night, ranging from reggae, electronic / dance, salsa to rock, blues, live pop bands and the more. Also ere an entrance fee applies.
Check out El Dragón’s website for upcoming events (in Spanish).
Dubal (Calle Esparanza 275 , Miraflores)
This club/disco is right located in the heart of Miraflores and a stonethrow away from our hostel. Dubal disco is known for its varying theme nights, ranging from Salsa night, Her-or-him fashion nights, DJ parties, getting the weekend started party, with girls on the bar, and so on…. Dubal is a bit cheaper than the clubs in Larcomar, but also here you also have to pay an entry fee. The club is open from Thursday tot Saturday and does not have a homepage (yet), so check out on their facebook page.
La Noche (Avenida Bolognesi 307 Barranco)
While being mostly a nice live music bar throughout the week nights, La Noche transforms into a proper club scene with live performances of local artists with salsa, rock, DJ’s, etc. With its live performances, expect to be charged an entry fee (usually under $10).
La Noche is constructing their website. Until that time you can find their events via their Facebook page.
And where to stay to enjoy all this nightlife? Come visit Pariwana hostel Lima, right in the center of Miraflores!
Read on here about practical backbackper tips for Lima, and the tasty and varying food that Lima has to offer.
Looking for comfort in an unbelievable room, specifically for backpackers? Then come and check out our awesome suite at Pariwana Hostel Cusco. This suite fulfills the sophisticated backpacker taste, indulging you in luxury in the middle of the Incas´city!
Our spacious paradise measures 260 square foot and comes with a huge queen sized bed, a top quality hotelier mattress and 4 pillows for the proper pillow-fight. The suite has a private bathroom, which includes a big shower-tube and plenty of room to prepare for the party.
Besides our nicely decorated hostel, we also fitted out the suite with appropriate art-deco furniture, designed by legendary Cusquean artist Victor Zuñiga. The suite has Wi-Fi connection and also comes with a living area which has a big plasma satellite TV, to make sure you experience the comfort of the suite.
We made sure that our suite has the best view of town, looking out over the main square, colonial downtown and the sacred Ausangate peak to make sure you discover a new way to see the Center of the Andean World!
…but it doensn´t matter how much we rave on about our great suite, this is a backpacker room you just need to experience!
Surface: 260 square feet (approx.)
Atmosphere: Eclectic styled decoration, with a great view to Cusco downtown
Price: Check our rate here.
Since the start of Pariwana Hostels we have been working hard and with a lot of fun. This has resulted in receiving two great awards for all the effort we put into spoiling our backpackers with a true Peruvian experience. We are proudly winner of the Hostelworld Hoscar award 2010 for “Best 2010 hostel in Peru“. Besides that, Hostelbookers also awarded us a very prestigious price for becoming the 2nd best hostel in entire South America 2010 if it comes down to great atmosphere.
Hostelworld: Best hostel in Peru
Hostelworld awarded us the Hoscar (Hostelworld.com Customers Annual Ratings) Award for being the best hostel in Peru 2010, for our Pariwana hostel Cusco. The Hoscar awards have been held for over 8 years now and always rate on the following categories: character, security, location, staff, fun and cleanliness.
We are constantly working on entertaining our visitors during their stay in Peru with our great Peruvian culture. In both our Lima and Cusco hostels we provide the best location, great local food, cheap drinks, amazing costume parties, live music and very high cleanliness standards. Furthermore, we have warm showers and an unlimited amount of activities, DVD’s and fun in our unique and artistically decorated locations. With this under our belt and a lot of hard worl we are determinded to go for number 1 again this year for all our locations!
You can find the formal listing of our award of Hostelworld right here.
Hostelbookers: 2nd best hostel in South America
That we know how to party is nothing new for us, but winning the 2nd price in Excellence from Hostelbookers in the entire continent for our atmosphere has been a great achievement for our Pariwana hostel Cusco. It makes us proud of our great staff and awesome backpackers that create this great relaxed travelling atmosphere any hostel should have!
Our open sunny courtyard in Pariwana Cusco and our huge roof terrace in Pariwana Lima make sure backpackers can socialize, enjoy some music and build up their energy for the plentiful activities around. This relaxing environment contributes hugely to the relaxed atmosphere you get from Pariwana, especially with the enormeous amount of entertainment we’ve set up to keep everybody happy.
In the evenings our Peruvian based kitchens and lively bars create a sound start-up for the upcoming party. It is more than normal for all backpackers to gather, play drinking games, some pool or a pub quiz before kicking off the party with live music, or heading out for a pub crawl with fellow travellers in the lively nightlife scene around our locations.
You can read more on the Hostelbookers award we won on the award site of Hostelbookers.